PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses to David Goffin at ATP World Tour Finals

An injured Rafael Nadal has made a losing start at the World Tour Finals in London. He went down 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 to David Goffin in his opening match at the O2 Arena on Monday.

At one moment Rafa looked at his team and said “I can’t anymore”, but he didn’t want to stop. With his fighting spirit, he even managed to save four match points to take Belgian player into a decider of the second set.

The defeat leaves Rafa almost certainly needing to win his remaining two second-round matches to make the semi-finals, but will he make it? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Rafael Nadal Receives Year-End No. 1 Trophy

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Today afternoon in London, Rafael Nadal was honoured as year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 for the fourth time in his career.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, presented Rafa with the trophy in an on-court ceremony.

Rafa:

It’s been a fantastic season, a very emotional one after what I’ve been going through with injuries. I never thought I’d be getting this trophy this time last year.

None of this would have been possible without my team and family. Many thanks for the support. There have been tough moments but we kept believing.

I want to say thanks all of the tournaments over the year and all of the fans.

You have been a huge support during the whole year in every event. Without all of you nothing would be the same.

Thanks very much and see you tomorrow on court!

At 31, Rafa is the oldest player to finish year-end No. 1 in Emirates ATP Rankings history (since 1973). Having previously finished at the top in 2008, 2010 and 2013, our champ became the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 on three occasions.

He is also the first player to finish No. 1 four times in non-consecutive years, the first aged over-30 and the first to finish in the top spot four years since he last achieved the feat (2013). The nine-year gap between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his last (2017) is also a record.

He is the seventh player to finish the year at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis on four or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (5), Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Novak Djokovic (4).

Source: ATP World Tour

ATP Finals 2017: Saturday practice photos

Here are some photos from Rafa’s Saturday practice session in London.

 

Rafael Nadal Attends ATP Finals Gala in London

Rafael Nadal attended the tournament gala for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the Tower of London on Thursday night.

Our champ was joined by Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Jack Sock in London.

Also attending were the world’s top eight doubles teams.

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters quarter-final with knee injury

(AFP) – World number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Friday before his quarter-final with a knee injury.

Rafa who had his right knee strapped during his third-round win on Thursday, said he wanted to try and be ready to face Filip Krajinovic in the last eight but that “it wasn’t possible to play”.

He did not say if he would be fit to play at the World Tour Finals in London later this month.

Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

 

Yesterday (Thursday), the pain was very strong but it was not the moment to stop.

I had treatment last night to try and be able to play today… But unfortunately it was impossible for me to return to the court in the same condition as last night. It is a sad day for me.

I had a long year, a lot of matches. I pushed the body. We are at the end of the season. It’s normal that these kind of things happen. The knee is always, you know, bothering a little bit, but sometimes it’s worse, and now is a little bit worse.”

I’m going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I cannot talk about that now because (it) is a day that is tough enough for me to pull out from here.

For me it’s not about London. For me it’s about longer term. And longer term I’m going to do the treatment I believe that (is) going to be more safe and more important to keep playing tennis as long as possible.

Source: AFP

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal somehow overcomes knee problem to reach Paris Masters quarters

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters after defeating Pablo Cuevas in three sets on Thursday.

Rafa needed two hours and 20 minutes to overcome his opponent 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3. His knee was bothering him again so he needed to receive a medical treatment after the second set. As you know our champ had his right knee taped during a Shanghai Masters final which also saw him pull out of Basel.

Rafa will face Filip Krajinovic in the next round of the competition.

After the match, Rafa said:

I didn’t expect to win fast. It was a very difficult match, Pablo is a very good player.

I don’t worry to play tomorrow at 3.30 pm. The rest is not a problem for me. It’s always hard playing someone for the first time, but I will do my best (against Krajinovic).

I don’t want to talk about the knee, but about the quarter final. I am in the most important city of my life, I am not taking risks, I just play.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal secures end of year world No 1 ranking with victory over Hyeon Chung

Rafael Nadal booked his place in the third round of the Rolex Paris Masters and secured the year-end number one ranking with a hard-fought victory over Hyeon Chung, 7-5, 6-3. Our champ will finish a year as world number one for the fourth time, after doing so in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

After the match, Rafa said:

It’s been an amazing year. One year ago, I never dreamed about being world No 1 again, never mind at the end of the season. It means a lot to me.

The season is not over. I’m here in Paris, the most important city of my career so I’m just looking forward to keeping going and trying my best.

He becomes the oldest male player to end the year as the ATP-ranked number one.